[ pach-uhp ]

  1. an act or instance of patching or repair.

  1. done by patching or fixing: a quick patch-up job.

Origin of patch-up

First recorded in 1900–05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase patch up

Words Nearby patch-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use patch-up in a sentence

  • Critical ingenuity may no doubt patch up some sort of superficial reconciliation between them, but it can only be superficial.

    Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George

Other Idioms and Phrases with patch-up


Mend or repair, make whole. For example, He managed to patch up the lawn mower so it's running, or John cut his hand badly, but they patched him up in the emergency room, or Mike and Molly have patched up their differences. This term alludes to mending something by putting patches of material on it. [Second half of 1500s]

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